Recycle at Work Awarded Businesses
The Washington County Solid Waste & Recycling Program congratulates all Washington County, Oregon organizations for their efforts to prevent waste, recycle and purchase environmentally-friendly products. For more information on how to become a Recycle at Work award-winner, contact a waste prevention and recycling specialist or call 503-846-3605.
2014 award winners:
Capital One – Tigard
Like other local companies, Capital One strives for more than just being a company that does a great job of recycling. The Tigard campus is focusing more of its efforts on waste reduction and prevention. For example, Capital One promotes paperless work environments through the use of technology and mobility tools, such as instant messaging and virtual meetings, both of which have reduced the company’s need for printing and traveling. But, if copying or printing is necessary, then employees use devices that are set to a default double-sided print/copy setting. Another way the company is preventing waste is by providing all employees with durable mugs and tumblers for beverage use. Read more.
Gerber Gear – Tigard
On an annual basis, Gerber recycles roughly 150 tons of materials, including items, such as wood pallets, motors, equipment, molding and laser scrap, rigid and film plastic, batteries, fluorescent bulbs, coolant, Styrofoam and oil. Some of this material is sold to recyclers, netting Gerber almost $21,000 a year.
While its recycling efforts are outstanding, it is Gerber’s waste reduction and prevention practices that truly impress. For example, the 72 tons of glass bead Gerber generates per year from its knife polishing operation is distributed to Kleen Blast, a national supplier of abrasive media. Used furniture and cubicles are donated to Christian Counseling Ministries. Unused knife sheaths are donated to two different local sources, including Portland-based retailer, Andy and Bax, as well as Tualatin-based distributor, and fellow RAW Award winner, VWR International LLC. Additionally, the company is in the process of eliminating all disposable coffee cups from its vending machines, a move that will save close to 25,000 coffee cups from going to the landfill annually. Read more.
Saleseforce – Hillsboro
Once you’ve taken in the features of the company’s stunning internal environment, you soon notice all the sustainable practices in place. For example, the coffee bar and kitchen areas only offer durable service ware (e.g., plates, cups, bowls, utensils, etc.). In fact, no disposable foodservice ware is evident anywhere in the building. The kitchen area is equipped with numerous dishwashers for employee use — all appliances and electronics carry an Energy Star rating — and only cloth napkins, which are laundered on a regular basis, are made available to employees. Salesforce also has its food scraps collected separately from garbage, and sent to a compost facility. Read more.
2013 award winners:
Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center – Cornelius
Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center's (Virginia Garcia) new Cornelius Wellness Center is the first medical facility to receive the Washington County Solid Waste & Recycling Program's Recycle at Work Award.
Not only are commingled materials
recycled on site, staff is also taking items, such as batteries, Styrofoam and
fluorescent bulbs, to area drop-off recycling centers. Virginia Garcia staff
even composts food scraps in the Wellness
Center's on-site garden. Read more.
Republic Services – Sherwood
Republic Services of Lake Oswego has become the second garbage and recycling collection company to earn the Washington County Solid Waste & Recycling Program's Recycle at Work Award. The award was given to Republic Services for the hard work and dedication of its staff to recycle and prevent waste under the leadership of Elizabeth Start, recycling coordinator.
joining the company in early 2013, Elizabeth
has encouraged and educated employees about sustainability, most notably
recycling, composting and waste prevention. And the efforts are paying off, as
office employees are not only excelling at recycling, but waste reduction and waste prevention
as well. Read more.
Hillsboro Fire Department, Cherry Lane and Jones Farm Stations – Hillsboro
Competition for the City of Hillsboro's most sustainable fire station is led by two stations, Jones Farm Fire Station No. 5 (Jones Farm) and Cherry Lane Fire Station No 6. (Cherry Lane). Both recently earned Washington County's Recycle at Work Award.
Jones Farm opened in January 2012. It serves portions of Hillsboro's central and northwest residential areas, as well as commercial and industrial entities located southwest of the Hillsboro Airport. Jones Farm houses the Hillsboro Fire Department's (HFD) ladder truck company and the shift battalion chief, who supervises emergency operations and an engine company. Jones Farm also boasts the only Tiller truck, a truck that pulls a long, ladder-equipped trailer, in Washington County. Read more.
2012 award winners:
Eid Passport – Hillsboro
Eid Passport relocated its headquarters from Tigard to Hillsboro in 2011 and, since then, has worked diligently to be a sustainable member of the community. Employees JoAnn Mueller and Stuart Laudert became the catalysts for incremental change at the company, forming a green team at Eid Passport and streamlining the company's recycling system. In April 2013, the newly minted team commemorated its first Earth Day celebration with a paper shredding event, where information on water, energy conservation and recycling was also distributed. And, with management's blessing, the team is building on the interest generated and working toward participating in more sustainability-related projects. Read more.
DianaPlantSciences – Tualatin
The DIANA Group is not only committed to natural raw materials and consumption optimization, the company also focuses its internal efforts on three other environmental areas: Reducing waste generated by its industrial activities; reducing the group's impact on climate change; and the preservation of the natural resources concept linked to meat, vegetable and marine raw materials. Read more.
Fujimi Corporation – Tualatin
Located in Tualatin since 1992, Fujimi Corp. manufactures a variety of products, such as PWA-Platelet White Alumina and polishes that use Fumed and Colloidal Silica, both of which are used in the computer chip industry. In contrast to these "scientific-sounding" words, Fujimi's commitment to operating sustainably is simple: Improve processes and manufacture products that use resources wisely. Fujimi limits and manages its waste by recycling a wide range of materials, such as inoperable computers and peripherals, cardboard, wooden pallets, grease and solvents, and large amounts of plastics, including oily plastics that are recycled via a partnership with Agri-Plas. Read more.
Finnegan's Village Toys – Tigard
When Finnegan's opened its Village Toys store in 2010, the locally owned company recognized the Bridgeport Village outlet as a "younger" counterpart to its much older downtown Portland Toys and Gifts location. Renowned as the Pacific Northwest's largest independent specialty toy store, Finnegan's colorful treasure trove of toys, puzzles, games, science kits, arts projects and more has been entertaining children and the young at heart for over 35 years. Finnegan's also has carved a niche as a comfortable space where clients can play or comfortably search for toys or gifts from a diverse and wide selection. Read more.
Genentech – Hillsboro
Sustainability isn't just a practice for the biotechnology company Genentech, it's a state of mind. In fact, Genentech believes so strongly in operating in an environmentally friendly manner, its Chief Operating Officer Ian Clark believes the company's commitment to environmental sustainability is one of the many attributes that make Genentech "a unique and special place to work." Consistently ranked in the top half of Fortune Magazine's "100 Best U.S. Companies to Work For" (#68 for 2012), Genentech operates facilities in South San Francisco, Vacaville and Oceanside, California, in addition to its new, state-of-the-art manufacturing and distribution center in Hillsboro. Read more.
Aloha Dog & Cat Hospital – Aloha
For almost 50 years, the Aloha Dog & Cat Hospital has strived to carry out compassionate and humane animal healthcare with high standards and the use of modern medicines. However, it's what the hospital is doing to reduce waste that has earned the Aloha Dog & Cat Hospital the designation of "first veterinarian clinic to receive the Washington County Recycle at Work business award. Read more.
Raptor Ridge Winery – Washington County
Situated on the northeast side of the Chehalem Mountains, 10 miles north of Newberg along SW Hillsboro Highway, is a winery that's all about sustainability…and birds. Founded in 1995, Raptor Ridge Winery's name originates from the abundant number of raptors – red-tailed hawks, kestrels, sharp-shinned hawks and owls – that call the 27-acre Tuscowallame Vineyard home, "Tuscowallame" being the indigenous word for "place where the owls dwell." Read more.
Montinore Estate – Forest Grove
Nestled on 230 acres of picturesque southwest Forest Grove countryside, where more than half of the acreage (123 acres) is devoted to Pinot Noir grapes, Montinore Estate is a family-owned, 100-percent estate grown, organic and Demeter Biodynamic-certified vineyard that can stake claim as the first winery to receive Washington County's Recycle at Work Award. Read more.
REI – Hillsboro
For 74 years, national outdoor gear and apparel retailer, REI, has been encouraging people to go outside and play. At the same time, it has been working to protect the natural playgrounds its customers connect with and cherish. REI is currently undertaking a targeted company-wide effort to reduce its environmental impact through managed energy use and increased energy efficiency. This approach is reflected at the company's Hillsboro location, which was outfitted with enough solar panels to generate 12 percent of the electricity the store uses annually. Read more.
Ticor Title Insurance (Amberglen) – Hillsboro
Ticor Title Insurance, a title company located in Hillsboro, implemented a sustainable purchasing policy. Instead of paper copies, Ticor distributes CD’s to its clients that contain the multiple closing documents generated when purchasing a home. It saves more then 100 pieces of paper for each client. “It’s just the right thing to do, and it saves us money on office supplies.” — Heather McCarty, business development specialist.
Ticor Title – Tigard
Ticor Title Insurance, a title company, has taken extra steps to ensure their office “goes green” by hosting trainings for the real estate agents they work with to encourage green business practices, to decreasing the paper consumed during each client transaction. “Our customers and our agents know we are committed to decreasing our overall waste, recycling, and promoting sustainable business practices to companies we work with and the clients.” — Leann Harris, business development specialist
2011 award winners:
Shari's Restaurants – Washington County
Shari's chain of restaurants is best known for its delectable pies and home-style cooking. Behind the scenes, Shari's Management Corporation has been working to reduce its environmental impacts through numerous waste prevention and energy/water efficiency practices. Thanks in large part to the work of two veteran employees, Jodenne Scott and Linda Vandegrift, this Northwest-based chain of restaurants has developed an environmental program that resulted in seven Washington County outlets earning the Washington County Recycle at Work award. Congratulations Shari's Sunset, Shari's Tanasbourne, Shari's Hillsboro, Shari's Farmington, Shari's King City, Shari's Sherwood, and Shari's Tualatin. Read more.
Whole Foods Market – Hillsboro
Employees at Whole Foods Market's Tanasbourne location know that just talking about sustainability will not save the planet. It's understood that to walk the walk requires smart, sometimes challenging decisions on a daily basis. This philosophy reflects the corporate ethos of Whole Foods Market's portfolio of stores. How does this translate into practice? Read more.
Jackson Elementary School – Hillsboro
What does it take to operate a public school on the cutting edge of sustainability? Just ask Hillsboro School District Custodial Services Supervisor Don Lavoie and Carol Stroup, the district's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) coordinator, and they'll tell you, "a lot!" Read more.
New Seasons Market – Orenco Station and Raleigh Hills
When it comes to the area's "friendliest" grocery store, the question is not what New Seasons Market has done to qualify as a Recycle at Work (RAW) business, the question is, what haven't they done!
For New Seasons, sustainability is a company-wide mindset, where you'll find the same practices from store to store. Each location has an established green team that focuses on short and long-term projects such as improving recycling, holding community events and educating customers, holding staff trainings and improving waste reduction efforts. And, it's that very mindset that has won the company numerous awards since it first opened its doors in 1999. Two Businesses for an Environmentally Sustainable Tomorrow (BEST) awards, the Association of Oregon Recyclers' Leadership in Sustainability Award, and the Governor's Sustainability Award are just a few of the accolades New Seasons has received. Read more.
Washington County – Hillsboro
Washington County, a government agency providing services to over 500,000 constituents across more than 700 square miles of territory, focuses its approach on sustainability through an ongoing, continual improvement process centered around four milestones: assessing opportunities, creating action plans, implementing action plans, and evaluating/reporting results.
The county's sustainability efforts are guided by fundamental principles and focused practices that include instituting a surplus re-use program, the distribution of free Tri-Met passes to employees, the establishment of green office supply guidelines, a fleet of vehicles that includes 16 Toyota Prius Hybrids, and an EcoBiz certified automotive shop. Read more.
City of Hillsboro Parks Maintenance – Hillsboro
In addition to maintaining the splendor of Hillsboro's parks and open spaces, the City of Hillsboro Parks Maintenance Department also practices innovative waste reduction techniques such as reusing five-gallon buckets, printing receipts on the back of used faxes, chipping old wood for landscaping applications, purchasing fuels and oils in bulk, and reusing material from deconstruction projects to build new structures throughout its parks. Read more.
Hillsboro Senior Center – Hillsboro
The City of Hillsboro's Senior Center is a place where the community's seniors can find local resources, eat delicious meals, take classes, and have some good ol' fun. Under the direction of Shelah Lompa, the Senior Center is not only providing valuable resources to the community, it is also striving to protect the environment by reducing, reusing and recycling, whenever possible. Read more.
Winzler & Kelly – Portland
Winzler & Kelly, an engineering firm, covers a broad spectrum of services ranging from civil engineering to sustainable building design. Through a broad array of sustainable initiatives, the company is keeping up with the growing demand for sustainable buildings. With a group of LEED Accredited Professional engineers to keep staff on its toes, the company reduces waste with Starboard, an interactive white board which enables engineers to collaborate during project design and planning from various locations, eliminating the need for travel. Read more.
Consumer Cellular – Portland
Consumer Cellular, a nationwide provider of cellular phones and services, is an exemplary Recycle at Work Award recipient. In two short years the company went from requesting technical assistance to organize a green team, to qualifying for the Recycle at Work Business award in 2011. Read more.
2010 award winners:
Clean Copy, Inc. – Hillsboro
Clean Copy, Inc. is not just a carbon copy of the standard print shop; it promotes eco-friendly printing by utilizing recycled-content paper, eco-certified products and vegetable-based inks. Clean Copy helps clients stay on the "green path" by providing information on recycled-content products and assistance with adopting sustainable printing policies. Read more.
Greenspace – Hillsboro
The mission of Greenspace is to create displays and trade show environments that are nothing less than remarkable. This Hillsboro exhibit design firm integrates sustainability into its daily business operations. Expert designers and builders create exhibits that can be easily disassembled and reused or recycled at future venues. Read more.
SolarWorld – Hillsboro
The company is well known for its contribution to creating clean energy, they are also motivated to maximize resources in their own backyard. SolarWorld conducts annual reviews of its manufacturing processes and makes changes to help reduce waste. Some notable efforts include installing a closed loop water cooling system in their crystal-grower furnaces, and an improved water filtration process which reduced water use by more than 20 million gallons of water per year! Read more.
In Line Commercial Construction – Aloha
In Line Commercial Construction Inc. (In Line) is a full-service general contractor that operates throughout the Pacific Northwest, serving healthcare, dental, education, non-profit, private developer and public agency clients. The In Line team works collaboratively toward reducing environmental impacts in its daily activities, including reducing the office waste it sends to landfill by more than 25 percent – through the recycling of paper, aluminum and plastics – and reducing the amount of waste the company generates. Read more.
ID Experts – Tigard
ID Experts is a leading provider of comprehensive data breach solutions for healthcare organizations, corporations, financial institutions, universities and government agencies. In addition to protecting its clients from serious security threats, ID Experts works diligently to protect the environmental health of its community. Read more.
World of Smiles Pediatric Dentistry – Cedar Mill
World of Smiles, Pediatric Dentistry prides itself on providing the highest level of dental treatment to children in a fun and compassionate environment. Helping children keep their smiles bright is owner and certified pediatric dentist Dr. Michelle Stafford's primary mission. The World of Smiles staff also conducts its business with an eye toward sustainability, through a commitment to the health of its little clients' teeth, as well as the health of the environment where its clients will grow up. Read more.
Banks Chamber of Commerce Green Team – Banks
The Banks Chamber of Commerce Business Green Team members are the Banks Trail Café, Karen L. Lewis – Independent Associate, Legal Shield, Montes Management and Consulting, and Swatco Sanitary Service. Reminiscent of the old adage "there is strength in numbers," the Chamber brings together this group of businesses to share ideas on how to improve the efficiency of resources in their workplaces. Read more.
DeAngelo's Catering and Event Planning – Tigard
A "veteran" of the hospitality industry, DeAngelo's Catering has been operating for more than twenty years, and recognizes sustainable practices are necessary to continue to achieve success in today's business world.
The company offers clients options to create events with low environmental impacts. Choices include solar-powered electricity generators, food waste composting, durable dishware, silverware and cloth napkins, as well as compostable service products. DeAngelo's Catering uses locally-farmed organic produce as well as antibiotic and steroid-free meat in preparing meals. Read more.
City of Tualatin – Tualatin
The City of Tualatin, well-known for its parks and natural areas, is striving to meet the recreational and social needs of its growing community. The city is extending this commitment to operating efficiently, and has created a Sustainability Team and Steering Committee to assist it in its efforts. Recently the Sustainability Team ramped up internal sustainability operations by completing energy, waste and paper audits. The audit results will help the Steering Committee set future goals. Read more.
WSC Insurance – Forest Grove
WSC Insurance of Forest Grove, Oregon has been committed to providing its customers with protection, security and peace of mind by managing high quality insurance and risk management services for more than 60 years. WSC Insurance not only extends these commitments to its customers but recognizes that a commitment to the environment is also a valuable business strategy. Read more.
Portland Catering Company – Tigard
Providing customers with tasty meals is the first goal of the Portland Catering Company in Tigard, Oregon. Running a sustainable business and reducing its environmental impact comes in a close second. This local catering company serves corporate luncheons, weddings and other special events, and now its reputation as a Recycle at Work Business has been added to the menu. Read more.
Huron Consulting Group – Hillsboro
Huron Consulting Group's Hillsboro location is a true bastion of sustainability. A Chicago based management consulting firm that works with health care organizations, Fortune 500 companies, academic institutions, medium-sized businesses, and the law firms that represent these various organizations, Huron has a dozen U.S. locations and four abroad in Amman, Dubai, London and Riyadh. The Huron Consulting Group has been a Recycle at Work Award-winning business since June 2010. Read more.
Norm Thompson Outfitters – Hillsboro
Norm Thompson Outfitters has operated its business on the motto "Escape from the ordinary" for more than sixty years. The company, founded in 1949, has fostered a sustainable workplace culture and incorporated environmental practices into daily operations since the mid 1990's. Its strategic sustainability initiatives have included ongoing employee training, publishing catalogs on recycled-content paper, and implementing recycling and waste reduction activities throughout its headquarters. Read more.
VWR International – Tualatin
VWR International, a scientific product distributor in Tualatin, saves nearly $5,000 annually through increased recycling and reduction of its waste. Warehouse Manager Dennis Laverty mobilized his staff and expanded VWR's recycling program to include more than just office paper. Read more.
Clean Water Services – Washington County
Clean Water Services (CWS), a public wastewater treatment utility that serves homes and businesses in the Tualatin River Watershed, is celebrating 40 years of protecting public health and the environment. CWS has no shortage of honors: the Influent Pump Station at its Durham Facility was the first wastewater treatment facility in the nation to earn a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification. In partnership with Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies, Inc., CWS was also the first facility to produce a premium fertilizer called 'Crystal Green.' This innovative fertilizer is a byproduct of wastewater treatment and has attracted global interest and visitors to CWS from China, Russia and Ukraine. Read more.
Nike Inc., World Headquarters – Beaverton
While Nike is known as a leader for its athletic shoes and apparel, its compelling slogan to "Just Do It!" has extended to its sustainability practices at the campus headquarters. Recycling Coordinator Mark Orphanides' leadership, combined with the diligence of motivated employees, has created an impressive campus-wide sustainability program at Nike Inc. World Headquarters in Beaverton. Read more.
Jones and Roth, PC – Hillsboro
Going "beyond the numbers" is part of the culture at Jones and Roth, CPAs and Business Consultants. "This organization was built on values that make a positive impact in people's lives; our efforts are visible in the office and beyond. We are more of an asset to our community because we make it a priority to reduce waste and save energy" - Meghann Horst, Administrative Assistant. Read more.
RFM Preferred Seating – Hillsboro
RFM Preferred Seating (RFM) provides its customers a comfortable place to sit and, at the same time, reduces the environmental footprint of its operations. Driven by the company's aggressive goal to become a zero waste operation, Director of Engineering Troy Winklebleck has reduced garbage service levels by 75 percent in 2009, saving RFM $6,100 last year. Read more.
Epson Portland Inc. – Hillsboro
How does the Japanese philosophy of Kaizen help Epson meet its environmental goals? Kimberley Sackman, Environmental Specialist, of Epson Portland Inc. (EPI) explains that Kaizen, a Japanese philosophy of continuous improvement management, is designed to move organizations beyond simple productivity enhancements in order to humanize the workplace, eliminate labor intensive work and provide employees with an outlet to streamline their daily duties. How does this apply to environmental programs? Read more.
2009 award winners:
American Lung Association of Oregon – Tigard
The American Lung Association, a non-profit organization, provides programs for people with lung disease and advocates for policies that improve indoor and outdoor air quality. ALAO adopted a purchasing policy supporting the procurement of environmentally preferred products such as recycled-content copy paper, paper towels, greeting cards, file folders, and colored paper. ALAO donates electronics to organizations that refurbish, resell or recycle them. Additionally, ALAO reduces waste by providing staff and volunteers with durable dishware and utensils, reusable towels, and an office book and magazine exchange.
"The ALAO staff is environmentally conscious and the transition has been easy. Providing the tools and removing barriers makes eco-friendly practices an easy habit to adopt." — Dana Kaye, executive director
City of Cornelius – Cornelius
The City of Cornelius demonstrates that sustainability is a practical, cost-effective way to conduct business. Some city buildings include energy-saving features: A passive solar wall heats the library, skylights and large windows bring in natural light to the Operations building, Energy Star heating/cooling systems and appliances are used in break rooms, and sensors on lighting fixtures reduce energy consumption when lights are not needed. The city has also purchased a hybrid vehicle for staff use and coordinates a resident autumn leaf collection. Read more.
City of Tigard – Tigard
Nick Nissen, the Facilities Services Supervisor of the Public Works Division has an infectious "can do" attitude about how to manage the city's infrastructure. He and his team must make numerous decisions that reflect innovative choices which empower employees and lessen the environmental impacts of constructing and maintaining roads, buildings and the acres of landscape that are all part of the team's responsibility. On construction projects, they reuse dirt, asphalt and gravel, return wooden pallets and flower pots to vendors, and reuse boxes and packaging or donate them to other businesses. Read more.
IKON Office Solutions – Tigard
IKON, a provider of document management systems and services, is finding innovative ways to reduce waste and conserve resources. IKON staff use a single-serve coffee machine, reuse packaging and office supplies, purchase products in bulk, use durable dishware, and also de-construct machines to recover parts. They utilize print-preview technology features on computers, blackberries and iPhones to reduce unnecessary printing. To conserve energy, staff unplugs electrical equipment when not in use, dial down screen brightness on monitors, there are climate controls for each work area and sensors in place for lighting fixtures. IKON also sells Energy Star equipment.
"Spreading the word about IKON's commitment to environmental stewardship programs and resources, both to employees and customers, is an important priority for Oregon in 2009 and beyond" — Christine Stonesifer, area vice president
Insomnia Coffee – Hillsboro
Insomnia Coffee is a champion of reuse. Its creative reuse of building décor materials gives the Hillsboro coffee company a unique ambiance. A salvaged door serves as the menu board, benches are crafted of wood from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, the shop's bar is constructed of salvaged wood from a Portland State University remodel project, and the table-tops are scrap stone from a local stonecutter. Insomnia sells organic, fair-trade coffee and reusable travel mugs. Read more.
Oregon Scientific – Tualatin
Oregon Scientific, a wholesale distributor of consumer electronic products, saves money by preventing waste. In addition to expanding their recycling program to include all materials in the mixed recycling system, the company set up a separate plastic film and bubble wrap collection with a plastics recycler. Oregon Scientific reuses materials in its operations and donates usable cardboard boxes, foam peanuts, batteries, wood pallets, computers and other electronic devices to businesses, institutions and individuals. These efforts have resulted in an annual savings of more than $2,000 this year! The company's purchasing policy ensures the procurement of Energy Star equipment, recycled-content office supplies and green cleaning products.
"Our partnership with Recycle at Work has helped us to improve our waste reduction program and has shown us tangible results for our efforts." — Tara Homsley, inventory coordinator
Pacific Landscape Management – Hillsboro
Pacific Landscape Management (PLM), a provider of landscaping services in the Portland Metropolitan area, is reducing the impact of its maintenance services through the use of organic blended fertilizers and through the practice of weather-based irrigation and drought tolerant plantings that conserve water. PLM built a bioswale, installed an Eco-Lawn and a rain garden at its Hillsboro headquarters to help manage its on-site stormwater. Read more.
Pacific Natural Foods – Tualatin
Pacific Natural Foods, a leader in natural, organic foods, has been incorporating sustainable practices in their operation for years. During the first six months of 2009, they recycled 60 percent of their solid waste or approximately 95 tons per month. They also recycle all organic waste, composting all their tea waste and annually converting six million pounds of soy by-product into high-protein cattle feed.
"We're proud to be a part of the Recycle at Work community. At Pacific Natural Foods we strive to integrate environmental considerations into every business decision we make, including how we manage our solid waste and recycling program. We envision a future in which we've completely closed the loop on our waste stream and we look forward to partnering with the Recycle at Work program to help us get there." — Jon Gehrs, president of packaged product division
Tualatin Valley Water District – Beaverton
Tualatin Valley Water District (TVWD), a utility provider of water for much of Washington County, has focused on increasing the sustainability of its internal operations since 2001. In addition to basic recycling and sustainable purchasing, TVWD reuses or recycles uniforms, shoes, electronics, old meter registers, cell phones, styrofoam, and even lawnmowers! Stainless steel travel mugs are provided to all employees and durable dishware and silverware are standard in all break rooms. Energy Star equipment is utilized, variable frequency drives are employed in appropriate pump stations and new opportunities are constantly being evaluated. Read more.
WHPacific – Portland
WHPacific specializes in engineering, architecture, surveying and planning and has offices in eight states. The Portland office is a leader in the company for consistently raising the bar in regards to sustainability. There was a time when recycling was not available at the building where WHPacific leased space, so they developed a staff-supported recycling program on their own. They also have a sustainable purchasing policy and a green catering policy. Read more.
Woodfold Manufacturing – Forest Grove
Woodfold Manufacturing is an employee-owned manufacturer of custom doors, shutters, and bookshelves. Woodfold's employee mantra is to 'work lean and work clean.' This has made sustainability a natural part of doing business. Through Woodfold's lean manufacturing philosophy, they have become more selective in the use of resources. They recycle 75 percent of their waste and offer employee training on topics such as waste and its impact on the environment.
"Recycling is an important part of our sustainable business practice. It has proven, like so many of our sustainability initiatives, that it's not only good for the environment but also good for business." — Kevin Emerick, environmental health and safety manager
2008 award winners:
Ash Creek Forest Management – Tigard
Ash Creek Forest Management LLC, a natural resource restoration firm, uses only native plants to restore wetlands, riparian corridors, and other natural areas. Over the past ten years, Ash Creek has installed more than 3.2 million native trees and shrubs. In addition, they have created purchasing policies to ensure the materials they bring into their office are as sustainable as the material they plant outside their office. Employees are partially compensated if they bike, walk, carpool or use public transportation to get to work, decreasing the number of cars on the road and their carbon emissions.
"Ash Creek's mission is to make our world a better place. We want everything we do to support this central mission.” — George Kral, Forester
Club Sport – Tigard
ClubSport, a fitness center, is committed to sustainable business practices. Durable dishware is used in their café, fryer oil is collected and donated to a local company to make bio-fuel, and lighting and water fixtures have been replaced with those that use less energy and conserve water.
“Green business practices just make sense for our club. Our members like it, it saves us money, and we feel good about being part of a community’s solution for sustainability and resource conservation.” — Shelle Garlock, administrative assistant
GeoDesign Inc. – Tigard
GeoDesign Inc., an engineering consulting firm, is committed to sustainable business operations. Ongoing efforts range from replacing employee monitors with more energy-efficient models, to implementing a purchasing policy encouraging the use of recycled-content products. Employees even collect athletic shoes for recycling! The employee Green Team, The Renew Crew, adds to this culture by raising awareness among staff through newsletters and blogs providing green tips and Earth Day activities. “Our goal is to reduce our impact on the environment from the office to the home. We believe in good stewardship of the earth, both as a company and as individuals.” — Dacia Hawkins, project administrator
Scholls Valley Native Nursery – Gales Creek
Scholls Valley Native Nursery grows native plants for restoration contractors, municipalities and nurseries. They employ conservation methods such as drip irrigation to minimize water use and practice cover crop and crop-rotation techniques. Scholls Valley Native Nursery voluntarily restored riparian areas of Gales and Roderick Creeks. The company's "green" purchases include recycled-content office supplies, a hybrid automobile and energy through the PGE Green Source Options Program.
"It is all about making the right environmental choices for us and for future generations. We take a holistic approach to growing and supplying native plants. Our plants restore the land and we want to make sure our practices are consistent with that goal." — Sara Kral, owner